Spring Planting

Spring is here in Atlanta, and with the exception of the pollen, is a most welcome occurrence after the dreary, rainy winter.  The budding trees and emerging flowers signal a vegetable gardener like me that it’s time to begin work in our patch of land out back. 20160330_101038So, with the help of the family, Clif and I have begun the process of turning the ground, and preparing the soil to insure that we’re ready when the ground is warm enough to set out some young plants and drop a few seeds in the ground. The work now is necessary so that we can confidently look forward to the prospect of a bountiful crop that we will enjoy all summer, and with preservation, carry us into the fall and winter.

Today, for most people in industrialized countries, planting a vegetable garden is an enjoyable hobby, but that wasn’t that way in past generations. Not very long ago, a family needed to be diligent sow and plant at the right time in order to sustain themselves from one year to the next. That meant continuous, diligent work. And just like the preparation process we did recently, it had to commence long before they ever had actual need to eat the produce that would come from their labors.

You know, reading the Word of God is often just like that. Most believers would agree that regular time spent in the Bible is important, but they often neglect it until a crisis occurs. Then in desperation, they run to it hoping that a frantic search will yield fruit quickly to stave off starvation.

While it’s true that God’s Word is full of deep truth that will satisfy and deliver, we need to cultivate a relationship with it, and understanding through it, that resembles the diligence of a faithful farmer rather than a visitor to a fast food restaurant.

Depositphotos_2097109_originalAttentive and regular study of the scriptures that begins (and continues) in times of warmth and mild weather plows up the ground in our hearts that has been hardened by doubt, anxiety, fear and pain, and readies it to receive the seeds of truth.

As we daily water, fertilize, and weed through the diligent application of divine truth, God’s words sprout up, and grow into a harvest of righteousness that will delight us in seasons of sunshine and sustain us through the long cold months of trial and testing.

So, if you are enjoying a season of warm spring and summer days, allow me to urge you to open your copy of the Bible now.  Prepare you heart by sowing the seeds of the Word of God today (even if you think you don’t need them) so that later, you will endure and rejoice in the marvelous bounty of God’s guidance, provision and protection.

20160330_101512 … His delight is in the law of the Lord
and on His law he meditates day and night.
He is like a tree planted by streams of water,
which yields its fruit in season
And whose leaf does not wither.
Whatever he does prospers.
Psalm 1:3

 

12 thoughts on “Spring Planting

  1. Amen. The Bible says faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God. So the amount of faith we have is directly related to the amount of time we have spent in the Word.

  2. I haves always loved the analogy of seed planting in connection with the word seed of the Bible Karen. With sixty-six bags of seed available to us, then looking out over the fields while sitting on the front porch, desiring that we’ll have a bountiful harvest…just won’t get it done. One MUST plant the seed! Thanks Karen.

  3. A wonderful post, Karen and such a perfect comparison. I have to admit I struggle with this at times…putting other things as priorities but knowing better. Thank you for this great reminder!

    1. Hey Debby! I’m right there with you! I think we all struggle with tyranny of the urgent, or on the other side of the coin, being distracted by the unimportant. And on top of that we have the enemy who is constantly at work to give us things to keep us from paying attention to the right things. We’d do well to learn to listen better to the still small voice who lives in us and is calling us to put the truly best things first!

  4. As a new Christian I was challenged to commit 5 minutes a day in God’s Word. I can honestly say today, it’s the second best decision of my life. Rarely is it only 5 minutes and always a blessing. Thank you for this most important encouragement.

  5. amen, sister. loving my time and habit in God’s word – i don’t always get “slain” as they may say – but the steadiness of God’s truth anchors my soul and I’m grateful for His steadfast love. next to you this morning somewhere – on Insights. blessings from Ca where we are happy for any rain on our garden.

    1. I think it’s in the regular and methodical study of the Word of God that prepares us to hear Him when we need to make those significant course corrections. Thanks for your comments, Sue!

  6. Karen,
    No coincidence that I read your post right after I spent some wonderful time digging in the dirt of God’s fertile Word. Anymore, I love to read scripture with my concordance handy so that I can look up key words in the original Hebrew or Greek. Doing this, it takes on a whole new depth of meaning. Thanks for the encouragement….urging me on.
    Spring blessings,
    Bev

    1. I love your diligence to dig beneath the surface. This is truly where we can find the most fertile soil in which our faith can flourish. I need to get a Hebrew-Greed dictionary too! 🙂 Thanks for your thoughts!

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